Jun 222016

NCS The Best of 2016 graphic


We’re almost at the halfway point of 2016, measured according to the Gregorian calendar. If you want to be precise, we will reach the halfway point at midnight on July 1; because 2016 is a leap year, there are 366 days in the year. and the 183rd day is July 1. It’s a completely arbitrary point for taking stock of what the year has delivered so far, and because I’ve already started seeing other music sites spreading around lists of the best releases for the first half of the year (such as this one at Metal Injection by our collaborator Austin Weber), I decided to just go with today.

So with the halfway point of 2016 fast approaching, let’s talk about the best releases of the year so far. As long-time readers of the site are well aware, I’m terrible at making “best of” lists. I overthink it, I agonize over it, I have great difficulty comparing metal across different genres, and I have great difficulty choosing among albums I like even within a specific genre. When I contemplate making a “best of the year” list, or even a “best of the half-year” list, my brain tends to just lock up like an engine that’s had a hole punched in the oil pan.

Therefore, as usual, I’m not providing a list of my own — and my fellow regular writers Andy Synn and DGR haven’t sent me lists of their own. So I’m afraid it’s up to you.


Yes, the main point of this post is to solicit your choices. That’s more fun for me anyway, because I’m curious about what other people think and I’m always interested in making new discoveries, and I know you’ll agree that more fun for me is always a worthy goal and one that you would like to help achieve.

So, in the comments to this post, please leave your lists of the best albums, EPs, demos, and/or splits you’ve heard so far this year. Explanations or descriptions are welcome, but don’t feel you have to make time for that; a simple list is fine.

I thought about asking you for a Top 5 list or a Top 10 list, but decided there’s no reason to put an arbitrary limit on this. You might have a Top 3 or a Top 17 — it’s up to you. And there’s no need to rank your favorites unless you want to.

And that’s it. Thanks in advance to all who choose to participate in the listmaking.


  1. Strong year already. The following records have thus far made a strong impression:

    Wormed – Krigshu
    Ripper – Experiment Of Existence
    Gadget – The Great Destroyer
    Gorguts – Pleiades Dust
    Conan – Revengeance
    Necrot – The Labyrinth

  2. Not in any specific Order

    Gorguts – Pleiades Dust
    Conan – Revengeance
    Irkallian Oracle – Apollyon
    Blut Aus Nord / AEvangelist – Codex Nomina Obscura

  3. I think everyone would agree that I do enough lists come year’s end as it is… You can’t make me do any more!

  4. Katatonia – The Fall of Hearts
    Graves at Sea – The Curse That Is
    Vektor – Terminal Redux
    In Mourning – Afterglow
    Winterhorde – Maestro
    Bloodiest – self titled
    Be’lakor – Vessels
    Oceans of Slumber – Winter
    King Goat – Conduit
    Polyptych – Defying the Metastasis
    Cobalt – Slow Forever
    Gojira – Magma
    Zealotry – The Last Witness
    Exmortus – Ride Forth
    Oak Pantheon – In Pieces
    Xenophile – Systematic Enslavement
    Lascaille’s Shroud – The Roads Leading North

  5. In order, favorite/most played at the top:

    Vale of Pnath
    Casket Robbery

  6. This is not easy, since I tend to be about six to twelve months behind in really getting into new music and figuring out my personal favorites. A few candidates for future favorite status (and I’m probably forgetting some):

    Phobocosm – Bringer of Drought
    Vektor – Terminal Redux
    Messa – Belfry
    Cobalt – Slow Forever
    Forteresse – Themes pour la rebellion
    Wormed – Krighsu
    Death Fortress – Deathless March
    Inverloch – Distance | Collapsed

    • A nice, dark list. And like so many of the lists here, a good reminder of something I need to make time for that I’ve missed so far (Forteresse).

      • did you mean this: Forteresse – Thèmes pour la Rébellion?
        it’s just out and it is a solid one, too..
        nevertheless, the Death Fortress is magical in its beauty

  7. There’s so much that I’m really excited about, but of the stuff that I’ve actually listened to:

    Cobalt – Slow Forever
    Ihsahn – Arktis.
    Borknagar – Winter Thrice
    Ragehammer – The Hammer Doctrine (better for waking up than coffee!)
    Zeal & Ardor – Devil Is Fine
    Perturbator – The Uncanny Valley
    Mistur – In Memoriam
    Sulphur – Omens of Doom
    Rhine – An Outsider

  8. At LMdM we have those as the best of the year so far:
    FORTERESSE – Thèmes pour la Rébellion
    LIVE BURIAL – Forced Back To Life
    PLEBEIAN GRANDSTAND – False Highs, True Lows
    THRANENKIND – King Apathy
    HYPERION – Seraphical Euphony
    VEKTOR – Terminal Redux
    SXUPERION – Cosmic Void
    MANTAR – Ode to the Flame
    ASTRAL PATH – An Oath to The Void
    WILDERNESSKING – Mystical Future
    FUATH – I
    COBALT –
    STILLBORN – Testimo de Bautismo
    LYCUS – Chasm

  9. 1. Fleshgod Apocalypse- King
    2. Slice the Cake- Odyssey to the West
    3. Cobalt- Slow Forever
    4. Obscura- Akraosis
    5. Katatonia- The Fall of Hearts
    6. Schammasch- Triangle
    7. Moonsorrow- Jumalten Aika
    8. Aborted- Retrogore
    9. The Body & Full of Hell- One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache
    10. Fallujah- Dreamless
    11. Haken- Affinity
    12. Wormed- Krighsu
    13. Borknagar- Winter Thrice
    14. Vektor- Terminal Redux
    15. Ihsahn- Arktis
    16. Cyborg Octopus- Learning to Breath
    17. Abbath- Abbath
    18. First Fragment- Dasein
    19. Cult of Luna- Mariner
    20. The Zenith Passage- Solipsist
    21. Novembre- URSA
    22. Magrudergrind- II
    23. The Body- No One Deserves Happiness
    24. Hyperion- Seraphical Euphony
    25. Gorguts- Pleiades’ Dust
    26. Rogash- Malevolance

    • And from this list I have three new releases to explore (thank you): Cyborg Octopus, First Fragment, Rogash

      • That First Fragment album is staggering. In my mind, it’s the best Quebec tech-death album since Beyond Creation’s debut. Philippe Tougas is having an amazing year (the Chthe’ilist and Zealotry albums he’s on are also excellent) – Dasein could easily be one of the year’s best come December.

        • You are speaking the truth. I have listened to Dasein at least 15 times already, and am still picking up new nuances.

  10. Man… Each year just seems to get better.

    Obscura – Akroasis
    Entropia – Ufonaut
    Hyperion – Seraphical Euphony
    Inverloch – Distance/Collapsed
    Wormed – Krighsu
    Plebeian Grandstand – False Highs, True Lows
    Palace of Worms – The Ladder
    Schammasch – Triangle
    Mistur – In Memoriam
    Thrawsunblat – Metachthonia
    Virus – Memento Collider
    Vainaja – Verenvalaja
    Fyrnask – Forn
    Sulphur – Omens of Doom
    Sinistrous Diabolus – Sinistrous Diabolus II
    Wode – Cloaked In Ruin
    Cantique Lepreux – Cendres Celestes
    Nordjevel – Nordjevel
    Bhavachakra – Bhavachakra

  11. Gorguts – Pleiades Dust
    Gevurah – Hallelujah!
    Throane – Derrière Nous, La Lumière
    Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä
    Zhrine – Unortheta
    Aluk Todolo – Voix
    Qrixkuor – Three Devils Dance
    Irkallian Oracle – Apollyon
    Schammasch – Triangle
    Vektor – Terminal Redux

  12. Nightmarer – Chasm
    Sunless – Demo 2016
    Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä
    Amnesian – Amnesian
    Replicant – Worthless Desires
    Piss Vortex – Future Cancer

    I need to point out that Sunless’ music runs through my ear canals so smoothly I can’t even handle it.
    Therefore it kind of tops last years Ad Nauseam release. Can’t even believe I dare to write that.
    The others are kind of close on one hand, but on the other nothing can be. For me personally, ofc.

    • Ugh, edit: the others are not close but better in some ways, but no music circled in my head that constantly since mentioned Ad Nauseam release. Thanks for reading, now check those Ohrwurms.

    • That Sunless demo is quite something. It’s short but sweet. Looking forward to more music from them!

    • I think I missed that Sunless demo, though the name rings a bell. Now looking at the Bandcamp page, they seem to include the same vocalist (Lucas Scott) as another very good Minnesota band I happened to include in a round-up post today (Pestifere).

  13. No order, and as always, woefully incomplete. How does anyone keep up with everything?

    Lathspell – Torn Cold Void
    Eichenwald – Eichenwald
    Hermóðr – The Darkness of December
    Vordr – In The Shadow Of The Wolf
    Sorcier Des Glaces – North
    Naðra – Allir Vegir Til Glötunar
    Fuath – I
    Forteresse – Thèmes pour la rébellion
    Thraenenkind – King Apathy
    Bat – Wings of Chains
    Cloak of Organs – Cloak of Organs
    Black Fucking Cancer – Summoning Aural Hell

    • Oops. Mixed up BFC’s 2011 EP with their 2016 album, which is self-titled.

      • I’ve been sweating over this hour long album a lot lately. It’s a difficult album to get under the skin, but when it does, it grows uncontrollably. I don’t think we’re done with each other quite yet eiter.

    • Lots of new stuff to explore here — Eichenwald, Vordr, Cloak of Organs — and I really need to get off my ass and listen to “North”.

    • Been listening to the Forteresse album cause of your list, how the hell did I miss this masterpiece?? Thanks man!

  14. Here’s mine, yayyyy!

    Nervosa – Agony
    Gruesome – Dimensions of Horror
    Abnormality – Mechanisms of Omniscience
    Nucleus – Sentient
    Brutality – Sea of Ignorance
    Horror chamber – Eternal Torment
    Macabra – …to the Bone
    Rebaelliun – The Hell’s Decrees
    Sorcery – Garden of Bones
    Witch Vomit – A Scream from the Tomb Below
    Godless Angel – The Conjuring of Four


  15. A quick list and in no particular order:
    Novembre- U.R.S.A
    Fuath- I
    Wode- Wode
    Quercus- Heart With Bread
    Jute Gyte- Perdurance
    Chrch- Unanswered Hymns
    Messa- Belfry
    Tranenkind- The Elk
    Schammasch- Triangle
    Dawnbringer- XX
    King Goat- Conduit
    Ihsahn- Arktis

  16. No definitive order to this list yet, but here she is:
    Fuath- I https://fuath.bandcamp.com/album/i

    Uada- Devoid of Light http://records.eisenton.de/album/devoid-of-light

    Vektor- Terminal Redux http://www.invisibleoranges.com/stream-vektors-new-album-terminal-redux/

    Kvelertak- Nattesfer https://kvelertakmusic.bandcamp.com/album/nattesferd

    Ashbringer- Yugen https://ashbringermusic.bandcamp.com/album/y-gen

    Sheer Mag- III https://sheermag.bandcamp.com/album/iii-7 (weird, it’s not metal)

    No, that last one isn’t metal, but it’s got some fucking attitude. Also worth noting: why isn’t there more love for UADA?!?!?!?! Their release “Devoid of Light” is still my front runner for best album of 2016. Check them out (again if you already have because I think you listened to it wrong).

    • I think its a great album and I have it on my list of things that could flesh out a best of list, but are not guarantees at this point. At the very least, I am eager to hear where this band goes, because I think this album is only one step in a very good direction. (Zhrine, Rimfrost and Nadra, among others, populate that list so far. And Ive enjoyed each and everyone quite a bit)

      • That Rimfrost album is killer, but didn’t quite make the cut for me. If you dig that, check out Vredehammer’s offering from this year (if you haven’t already). Happy listening!

      • Damn I was supposed to pick up Rimfrost when it came out. Mind like a sieve – hear preview track, forget about album.

  17. More or less in order of release date, bound for obsolescence by omission:

    Vinterblot – Realms of the Untold
    Obscura – Akróasis
    Vredehammer – Violator
    Gloria Morti – Kuebiko
    Vektor – Terminal Redux
    Winterhorde – Maestro
    Acyl – Aftermath
    Be’lakor – Vessels

    In eager anticipation:

    Harakiri for the Sky
    Black Crown Initiate
    From the Vastland

  18. Cobalt
    Imperium (Come on! How is this not on anyone else’s list?)
    Dawn of Disease
    Gloria Morti
    Kartikeya (Only a single, but super-catchy.)

  19. I’ve been doing like (the band formerly known as) Disneyland After Dark, and I’ve been sleeping my day away. Now that I’m awake for a few hours, I’m simply catching up quickly before I have to do shit. Since I don’t have the time right now, I’ll take a few seconds to deliver a different list. (Stop trying to be different, asshole.)
    Here’s kind of a “top wanted” list over things I’m convinced are good, even after only hearing a song or two. Sorted by release date.

    Almyrkvi – Pupil Of The Searing Maelstrom
    Ripper – Experiment of Existence
    Ritual Chamber – Obscurations (To Feast…)
    Tormentium – Bound To The Depths
    Moonsorrow – Jumalten Aika
    Vermine – Vermine
    Imperial Triumphant – Inceste
    SIG:AR:TYR – Northen
    Abnormality – Mechanisms of Omniscience
    Vektor – Terminal Redux
    First Fragment – Dasein
    Wormfood – L’envers
    Dark Funeral – Where Shadows Forever Reign
    Gevurah – Hallelujah!
    Vale of Pnath – II
    Thrawsunblat – Metachthonia
    Sheidim – Shrines of the Void
    Countless Skies – New Dawn

    Maybe, just maybe, I’ll be back with what Islander actually asked for 🙂

    • There are also “a few” other albums floating around in limbo as well. Albums that I have, but haven’t yet found the time to listen enough to and/or write about. Such as Wode, and about 35 other releases.

      THE BEST OF 2016 SO FAR…
      I dread the day I have to rank my favorites of the year in fixed order. Until than, here’s a month-by-month top list (where month only indicates when I reviewed them).

      1. Borknagar – Winter Thrice
      2. Humanitas Error Est – Human Pathomorphism
      3. Abbath – Abbath
      4. Nifrost – Motvind
      5. Temple of Evil – The 7th Awakening

      1. Temisto – Temisto
      2. Urgehal – Aeons in Sodom
      3. The Burning Dogma – No Shores Of Hope
      4. Deströyer 666 – Wildfire
      5. Fleshgod Apocalypse – King

      1. Hyperion – Seraphical Euphony
      2. Krater – Urere
      3. Sulphur – Omens of Doom
      4. Vredehammer – Violator
      5. Sorcier des Glaces – North
      6. Mussorgski – Creatio Cosmicam Bestiae
      7. Phazm – Scornful of Icons

      1. Abyssic – A Winter’s Tale
      2. Mistur – In Memoriam
      3. Nordjevel – Nordjevel
      4. Graveyard – …For Thine is the Darkness
      5. Zhrine – Unortheta

      1. Winterhorde – Maestro
      2. Luna’s Call – Divinity
      3. Schammasch – Triangle
      4. Killing For Company – House of Hades
      5. Grimness – A Decade of Disgust
      6. Vainaja – Verenvalaja
      7. Fausttophel – Sancta Simplicitas

      ~June, thus far~
      Deisidaemonia – Khthonian Hymns
      Svartelder – Pyres
      Behexen – The Poisonous Path
      Kvalvaag – Malum
      Black Fucking Cancer – Black Fucking Cancer

      Top 20 EPs in random order (with one slot open)
      Nocturnal Graves – Lead Us To The Endless Fire/Sharpen The Knives
      Selbst – An Ominous Landscape
      Barús – Barús
      Ifrinn – Ifrinn
      Voodus – NightQueen
      Deathcult – Demo ’12
      The Hexagram – Demo MMXVI
      Voidnaga – Demo MMXVI
      Assailant / Ubiquitous Realities – Bringers Of Delusion
      Putrisect / Scorched – Final State of Existence
      Necrosic – Putrid Decimation
      The Vision Bleak – The Kindred Of The Sunset
      Gorguts – Pleiades’ Dust
      Grave Miasma – Endless Pilgrimage
      Lucifericon – Brimstone Altar
      Au Champ Des Morts – Le Jour Se Lève
      Uttertomb – Sempiternal
      Maleficence – Realms of Mortification
      Eyestral – Beware The Rat King

  20. Okay, now that all you commoners have posted, heres the one I know you all really wanted to read 🙂

    Irkallian Oracle
    Ritual Chamber
    Caveman Cult
    Black Rat
    Witch Vomit
    Shed the Skin
    Prisoner of War
    Black Priest of Satan

    • Well, I would have been disappointed if I had known about everything on your list, which of course didn’t happen, since I don’t know about Black Rat, Heretic, Okus, or Black Priest of Satan (and haven’t listened yet to some of the others I do know about).

      • This Okus is pretty fucking cool! I was all set from the first guitar notes to write it off as another Entombed type band, but where Entombed would chug, these guys roar, and where Entombed would buzz, these guys shatter.
        Even sounds a bit like Trap Them, but with a more unholy mien.

        Thanks! Thats Gevurah is really sick too. Might find its way onto a list.

  21. I feel like I haven’t been “wow’ed” a lot so far this year…but the gems are going to have a long life!

    In no order…

    Winterhorde – Maestro (I lied…this album is my favorite so far 😛 )
    Wode – Wode
    Mitochondrion/Auroch – In Cronian Hour (Seriously heavy…)
    Vipassi – Sunyata
    Vibrion – Bacterya

  22. Wormed – Krighsu Chthe’ilist – Le Dernier Crepuscule Logistic Slaughter – Corrosive Ethics Ripper – Experiment Of Existence Tormentium – Bound To The Depths Nails – You Will Never Be One Of Us Gruesome – Dimensions Of Horror Murder Made God – Enslaved Ragehammer – The Hammer Doctrine Magrudergrind – ll Vektor – Terminal Redux Cirith Gorgor – Visions Of Exalted Lucifer Gorguts – Pleiades’ Dust Death Angel – The Evil Divide Kvalvaag – Malum Katalepsy – Blinded Sultan Desaster – The Oath Of An Iron Ritual

    • Sorry if its a bit confusing, I did not know how to do it in single form.

      • I fixed it for you (and a very nice, diverse list it is):

        Wormed – Krighsu
        Chthe’ilist – Le Dernier Crepuscule
        Logistic Slaughter – Corrosive Ethics
        Ripper – Experiment Of Existence
        Tormentium – Bound To The Depths
        Nails – You Will Never Be One Of Us
        Gruesome – Dimensions Of Horror
        Murder Made God – Enslaved
        Ragehammer – The Hammer Doctrine
        Magrudergrind – ll
        Vektor – Terminal Redux
        Cirith Gorgor – Visions Of Exalted Lucifer
        Gorguts – Pleiades’ Dust
        Death Angel – The Evil Divide
        Kvalvaag – Malum
        Katalepsy – Blinded Sultan
        Desaster – The Oath Of An Iron Ritual

  23. Ripper – Experiment of Existence <– so far my favorite of the year
    Vulture – Victim of the Blade
    Condition Critical – Extermination Plan
    Chthe’ilist – Le Dernier Crepuscule
    After All – Waves of Annihilation
    Cvinger – Embodied in Incense
    Inculcator – Void Abecedary
    Sorcery – Garden of Bones
    Suicidal Angels – Division of Blood
    Gruesome – Dimensions of Horror
    Grave Miasma – Endless Pilgrimage
    Vektor – Terminal Redux
    Fallujah – Dreamless
    Zhrine – Unortheta
    Interment – Scent of the Buried
    Deviant Process – Paroxysm
    Criminal – Fear Itself
    Church of Misery – …And Then There Were None…
    Miasmal – Tides of Omniscience
    Scorched / Putrisect – Split
    Krater – Urere
    Protector – Cursed and Coronated
    Destroyer 666 – Wildfire
    Irkallian Oracle – Apollyon

    …to name a few of my favorites.

  24. So far…

    OBSCURA – Akróasis
    BORKNAGAR – Winter Thrice
    RIPPER – Experiment of Existence
    HYPERION – Seraphical Euphony
    BAT – Wings of Chains
    CHTHE’ILIST – Le Dernier Crépuscule
    OBSCURE EVIL – Midnight Forces
    IFRINN – Ifrinn
    ALTARAGE – Nihl
    INVERLOCH – Distance | Collapsed
    LYCUS – Chasms
    ABORTED – Retrogore + Termination Redux
    GORGUTS – Pleiades Dust
    BE’LAKOR – Vessels
    SCHAMMASCH – Triangle
    GEVURAH – Hallelujah!
    WITHERED – Grief Relic
    KATATONIA – The Fall of Hearts
    DARK FUNERAL – Where Shadows Forever Reign
    BEHEXEN – The Poisonous Path
    TERRA TENEBROSA – The Reverses
    ALMYRKVI – Pupil of the Searing Malestrom
    GUTTER INSTINCT – Age of the Fanatics
    COFFIN LUST – Manifestation of Inner Darkness

  25. In no particular order, with the exception of the first selection, here we go:

    DEATH FORTRESS – Deathless March of the Unyielding (restored my faith in humanity)

    CHTHE’ILIST – Le Dernier Crépuscule (call me insane, but I like it better than Nespithe)
    FIRST FRAGMENT – Dasein (still absorbing this one)
    FORN – Fyrnask (my second favourite of 2016 thus far, truly next-level black metal)
    GORGUTS – Pleiades Dust (Gorguts are still on top of their game)
    HOWLS OF EBB – Cursus Impassus: The Pendlomic Vows (one of the most unique acts in death metal today)
    IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT – Inceste (challenging USBM, starting to mature away from their strong initial DSO influence)
    PHOBOCOSM – Bringer of Drought (very good, though sadly, a step down from Deprived)
    SKAPHE – Skáphe II (oppressive and hypnotic on a different level)
    THRAWSUNBLAT – Metachthonia (having not yet heard Moonsorrow, this is some truly epic folk / BM metal)
    VEKTOR – Terminal Redux (not a huge thrash fan, but I can see why this will likely top many people’s year-end lists)
    ZHRINE – Unortheta (maybe the best BM I have heard out of Iceland)

    Looking forward to:

    Ulcerate’s untitled upcoming album
    Thy Darkened Shrine’s upcoming album
    Deathspell Omega’s upcoming album (just fucking with you – this is as elusive as Half-Life 3…)

    • My heart did skip a beat when I saw the Deathspell Omega… before seeing a nanosecond later that you were just being cruel. 🙂

      • Well, it looks like our wishful thinking has willed Deathspell Omega’s new album into existence after all…

    • finally a list with skaphe!

      • I forgive you for not reading my list

        • That Skaphe really is something – I am trying to get more people to listen to it, as is the case with Fyrnask’s Forn and Death Fortress’ Deathless March…the other albums on my list are already getting “enough” press, relatively speaking.

  26. Haven’t heard of a number of these, and will have to go check them out. I split them up into two tiers, but they’re not ranked within those tiers.

    Absolute favorites so far:
    Chthe’ilist – Le Dernier Crepuscule
    Haken – Affinity
    Thrawsunblat – Metacthonia
    Omnium Gatherum – Grey Heavens

    Liked a lot:
    Ihsahn – Arktis
    Vektor – Terminal Redux
    Kvelertak – Nattesferd
    Katatonia – The Fall of Hearts
    Moonsorrow – Jumalten Aika
    Hyperion – Seraphical Euphony
    Myrath – Legacy
    Wormed – Krighsu

  27. Well, I’m at least a month behind on new releases but I’ll give it a shot. So far, two albums have stood out above the others.

    Howls of Ebb – Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Views
    Vektor – Terminal Redux

    Abbath – Abbath
    Borknagar – Winter Thrice
    Cobalt – Slow Forever
    Graves at Sea – The Curse that Is
    Megadeth – Dystopia
    Palace of Worms – The Ladder
    Sacrilegium – Anima Lucifera
    Spektr – The Art to Disappear
    Todtgelichter – Rooms

    There are others I’m leaving out, but I need to do more familiarizing with them. And then there are the albums by personal favorites that I haven’t even heard yet: Hexvessel, Greenleaf, Ereb Altor, Church of Misery, Novembre, Thrawsunblat, etc. So much good stuff out there.

  28. veneficium – demo
    lycus – chasms
    inverloch – distance | collapsed
    skaphe – skaphe²
    sol sistere – unfading incorporeal vacuum
    imperceptum – collapse of existence
    funeral moth – transience
    temple of abandonment – from outer spheres… death (demo)

  29. Just eyeballing the lists that have appeared here so far, there seem to be some names that are appearing more frequently than others — which seems to me like an early preview of albums that are likely to make a lot of year-end lists. Eventually, I may try to make an actual count to identify the top 20 or 30 vote-getters.

    Howls of Ebb
    Irkallian Oracle

  30. Sun Worship
    Oranssi Pazuzu
    Agoraphobic Nosebleed (I wish they would do this stoner/grind thing more often)
    Laster (not really into the Wederganger side of the split)

  31. Zhrine – Unortheta
    Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelija
    Textures – Phenotype
    Temisto – Temisto
    Cvinger – Embodied in Incense
    Schammasch – Triangle

  32. Still, I am curious which records you’ve enjoyed thus far, Islander. I’m sure you’d manage naming some records, just from the top of your mind 🙂

    As for what I’ve liked thus far; I’ve made a top 13, since 13 is one of the more metal numbers out there.

    1. In Mourning – Afterglow
    2. Cult of Lune/ Julie Christmas – Mariner
    3. Deftones – Gore
    4. Be’lakor – Vessels
    5. Gojira – Magma
    6. Omnium Gatherum – Grey Havens
    7. Fleshgod Apocalypse – King
    8. Obsidian Kingdom – A Year With No Summer
    9. Fallujah – Dreamless
    10. Moonsorrow – Jumalten Aika
    11. October Tide – Winged Waltz
    12. Sylvaine – Wistful
    13. Novembre – URSA

    • Thank you for being interested in what my favorites might be. I really am not capable of trying to boil down everything I’ve heard over the last month, but I’ll say that the full-lengths that come to mind immediately from what I’ve heard over just over the last month are Thrawsunblat, Terra Tenebrosa, Monolithe, Gevurah, Zeal and Ardor, Harakiri For the Sky, Sol Sistere, Kommando, the Auroch-Mitochondrion split, and Grace Disgraced.

  33. Til now definitely these 5:

    Chthe’ilist – Le Dernier Crépuscule
    Altarage – NIHL
    Wormed – Krighsu
    Cult of Luna / Julie Christmas – Mariner
    Nails – You will never be one of us

  34. Only five for now. Still lot’s of albums to listen to. There is a big chance that my number one will not change.

    01 The Infernal Sea – The Great Mortality

    02 Wode – Wode

    03 Dark Funderal – Where Shadows Forever Reign

    04 Vale of Pnath – II

    05 Dasein – First Fragment

  35. I feel like I’ve spent most of the start of the year catching up on previous releases. So much metal, so little time. Below the Sun, Obsequiae, Myrkur, Batushka and a few non-metal releases: Dead Can Dance and Algiers, are pre-2016 releases that have had plenty of runtime for me over the last months.

    From this year, still so much to catch up on, but so far stand-outs have been:
    Mechina – Progenitor
    Rotting Christ – Rituals
    Sarcoptes – Songs and Dances of Death
    Acyl – Aftermath
    Obscura – Akroasis
    Fleshgod Apocalypse – King
    Zeal and Ardor – Devil Is Fine (this has been my ‘walk to work’ music since it was covered here)

    Not quite metal, but Youth Code has also been on high rotation, courtesy of Wil Cifer.
    Stand out re-release: Be’lakor Of Breath And Bone remaster
    Stand out tribute release: Ereb Altor

    And I sadly have to admit still not giving enough time to Schammasch – Triangle to really get the feel for it.

  36. In no particular order:

    ***Vale of Pnath – II
    Forndom – Daudra Dura
    Chthe’ilist – Le Dernier Crepuscule
    The Lion’s Daughter – Existence is Horror
    Obscura – Akroasis
    Votum – Ktonik
    Beehoover – Primitive Powers
    Altarage – Nihil
    ***Krater – Urere
    Cantique Lepreux – Cendres Celestes
    Cobalt – Slow Forever
    ***Unru – Als Tier ist der Mensch nichts
    Aborted – Retrogore
    Fallujah- Dreamless
    ***Mutterlein – Orphans of the Black Sun
    ***Alaric – End of Mirrors
    Gorguts – Pleiades Dust
    Kvelertak – Nattesferd
    Vektor – Terminal Redux
    Withered – Grief Relief

    *** Recently Obsessed With

    Thanks for kicking me in the ass to produce this list. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do.

  37. Tech-Death rules so far and i love it

    Deviant Process – Paroxysm ( no comments!! )
    Vale of Pnath – II ( Neoclassical orgasm pt 1 with a pinch of Starship Troopers, what more can i say!! )
    First Fragment – Dasein ( Neoclassical orgasm pt 2 with a french essence as it ought to be )
    The Zenith Passage – Solipsist ( excellent, also helps for the Faceless methadone program 😛 )
    Aeuphoria – Æthernal Velum ( dont let production failure misguide you, so many skillfull ideas )
    Veiled in Sorrow – Veiled in Sorrow EP ( classical music fits so well in skilled hands )
    Fleshgod Apocalypse – King (royal death literally, full of atmospheric royalness)
    Hyperion – Seraphical Euphony ( plain excellence )
    The Vision Bleak – The Unknown ( more mature than ever )

    Vektor: Cannot say anything about the new Vektor, maybe its too early, maybe i love so much Black Future that the next 2 albums seems futile to my ears. But i recognise their pioneering attempts with Terminal Redux and i fully respect that.

    Obscura: ….ehm not doing it at all for me….i still consider Cosmogenesis their most powerfull release.

  38. Damn. Some uber obscure shit on these lists.

    My favorites, in no order would have to be:

    Countless Skies
    Crystal Palace
    Omnium Gatherum
    Infernal Tenebra
    Oak Pantheon
    The Wretched End

    *Spoiler Alert: Clean vocals about to be referenced*

    The new Lanfear single sounds fucking killer, so that album will hopefully be quite strong. Also still have new Devin Townsend and Insomnium coming up.

  39. The ones that have earned many repeat listens so far:

    Kawir – Father Sun Mother Moon
    Sanctuaire – Le Sang sur l’Acier
    UADA – Devoid of Light
    Havukrunnu – Rautaa Ja Tulta
    Kvelertak – Nattesferd
    Moonsorrow – Jumalten Aika

  40. Schammasch – Triangle
    October Tide – Winged Waltz
    Katatonia – The Fall of Hearts
    Vex – Sky Exhile
    Death Angel – The Evil Divide

    So far

  41. So far:

    Katatonia – The Fall of Hearts
    Swans – The Glowing Man
    Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas – Mariner
    Zhrine – Unortheta
    Tim Hecker – Love Streams
    Obsidian Kingdom – A Year with No Summer
    Naðra – Allir Vegir til Glötunar
    Motorpsycho – Here Be Monsters
    Lycus – Chasms
    Mamiffer – The World Unseen
    Matt Elliott – The Calm Before
    Latitudes – Old Sunlight
    Deftones – Gore
    dälek – Asphalt for Eden
    Cobalt – Slow Forever
    Amenra – Alive

  42. Abbath – Abbath
    Be’lakor – Vessels
    Chthe’ilist – Le Dernier Crepuscule
    Cobalt – Slow Forever
    Contrarian – Polemic
    Death Grips – Bottomless Pit
    Destroyer 666 – Wildfire
    First Fragment – Dasein
    Gorguts – Pleiades’ Dust
    Hexvessel – When We Are Death
    Howls of Ebb –
    Hyperion – Seraphical Euphony
    Schammasch – Triangle
    Ur Draugr – With Hunger Undying
    Zealotry – The Last Witness

  43. Cobalt – Slow Forever
    Uada – Devoid of Light
    Ehnare – Douve
    Sorcier des Glaces – Moonrise in Total Darkness
    Cantiques Lepreux Cendres Célestes
    Rïcïnn – Lïan
    Terra Tenebrosa – The Reverses
    Schammasch – Triangle
    Fynarsk – Fórn
    Tormentium – Bound to the Depths
    Kurushimi – Kurushimi
    Gevurah – Hallelujah!
    Destroyer 666 – Wildfire
    Havukrunnu – Rautaa Ja Tulta

    Most anticipated right now is probably the Abigor/Nightbringer/Thy Darkened Shade/Mortuus Split

  44. BLAH! I’ve been so bloody slow off late. Well here goes.

    1. Bifrost – Mana Ewah
    2. Gehennah – Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Drive
    3. Seven Sisters of Sleep – Ezekiel’s Hags
    4. Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas – Mariner
    5. Destroyers 666 – Wildfire
    6. Gomorrah – The Haruspex
    7. Hordak – Padre
    8. North – Light the Way
    9. Beastwars – The Death of All Things
    10.Haast’s Eagled – II:For Mankin
    11.Haken – Affinity
    12.Be’lakor – Vessels
    13.Bossk – Audio Noir
    14.Mantar – Ode to Flame
    15.Polar – No Cure No Saviour
    16.Sunnata – Zorya
    17.Uada – Devoid of Light
    18.Haken – Affinity
    19.Astronoid – Air
    20.Seeming Emptiness – Heavy Rain
    21.Cyborg Octopus – Learning to Breathe
    22. (Non-Metal) – Hammock – Everything and Nothing

  45. I got a lot to check out!

    I’m disappointed by the new Cobalt, seem to be alone on that. The new Borknagar was a nice surprise, until I picked up Olden Domain on vinyl and recognized how irrelevant their newer material is in comparison. Seems like a nice ode to days past, but nothing more.

    Fyrnask has been big for me as of late, I’d rate them as one of the best bands today in the genre, but not sure about that new one either. Might take a few listens, cool to see them getting mentioned though.

  46. In no particular order:
    1. Be’lakor – Vessels
    2. Dusk Chapel – Ascension
    3. Wayfarer – Old Souls
    4. Wildernessking – Mystical Future
    5. Gorgouts -Pleiades’ Dust
    6. Inert – Obliteration of the Self
    7. Mantar – Ode to the Flame
    8. Vex – Sky Exile
    9. Enthean – Priests of Annihilation
    10. Omnium Gatherum – Grey Heavens

  47. I don’t know. Some stuff came out this year that I thought was okay.

  48. In no particular order:

    Vredehammer- Violator
    Chthe’ilist- Le Dernier Crepuscle
    Dawnbringer- XX
    King Goat- Conduit
    Abnormality- Mechanisms of Omniscience
    Deviant Process- Paroxysm
    Oak Pantheon- In Pieces
    Katatonia- The Fall of Hearts
    Gozu- Revival
    Thrawsunblat- Metacthonia
    Zippo- After Us

  49. I love lists of metal albums – especially lists with a bunch of stuff I’ve never heard! You guys are the best!

    Some favorites of mine that I haven’t seen on any lists so far:

    Ast – Fraktale (Probably my favorite BM album this year)
    Mortichnia – Heir to Scoria and Ash (Stumbled across this on Bandcamp. I LOVE this album. Check it out!)
    Stormvold – IV Kataklismo
    Korgonthurus – Vuohen siunaus
    Darkend – The Canticle of Shadows
    Drought – Rudra Bhakti EP
    Woman Is the Earth – Torch of Our Final Night
    Panopticon / Waldgeflüster – Split EP (I’m surprised I haven’t seen this on any lists.)
    Rotten Sound – Abuse to Suffer
    Universe217 – Change
    Ofghost – The Awakening

  50. Dibs on comment 100

  51. Abbath – Abbath
    Bombus – Repeat until Death
    Cobalt – Slow Forever
    Cult of Luna – Mariner
    Gojira – Magma
    Grieved – Grieved
    Ihsahn – Arktis
    Katatonia – The Fall of Hearts
    Kvelertak – Nattesferd
    Oceans of Slumber – Winter
    Violet Cold – Magic Night
    Witchcraft – Nucleus
    Wolfmother – Victorious

  52. Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik’s Skuggsjá – Skuggsjá
    Mirrors for Psychic Warfare – s/t
    Gozu – Revival
    Nails – You Will Never Be One of Us
    Astronoid – Air
    Elephant Tree – s/t
    Ihsahn – Arktis
    Droids Attack – Sci-fi or Die
    Love Sex Machine – Asexual Anger
    Krater – Urere
    Desolator – Spawn of Misanthropy
    Abbath – Abbath
    Thrawsunblat – Metachthonia
    Wildernessking – Mystical Future

  53. Murder Made God — Enslaved
    Gadget — The Great Destroyer
    Control — The Teeth & The Wounds
    Magrudergrind — II
    Brutality — Sea Of Ignorance
    Batushka — Litourgiya
    Infestdead — Satanic Serenades
    Winterhorde — Maestro

  54. I can’t be bothered to make my own list right now, but I’d like to add the following title to the mix, seeing as this excellent album hasn’t been mentioned above:

    Svarttjern – Dødsskrik

  55. Rotten Sound – Abuse to Suffer (2016)
    Ast – Fraktale (2016) !!!
    Winterhorde – Maestro (2016)
    Tombstoned – II (2016)
    Artillery – Penalty by Perception (2016)
    Baphomet’s Blood – In Satan We Trust (2016)
    Naðra – Allir vegir til glötunar (2016)

  56. January
    Ancestor’s Blood – Hyperborea
    Lycus – Chasms
    Abbath – Abbath
    Chthe’ilist – Le Dernier Crépuscule
    Nordjevel – Nordjevel
    Morar – Walheim
    Obscura – Arkoasis
    Fuath – I
    Frostbite – Etching Obscurity
    Deformatory – Malediction
    Hyperion – Seraphical Euphony
    Omnium Gatherum – Grey Heavens
    Omnihility – Dominions of Misery
    Irkallian Oracle – Apollyon
    When Nothing Remains – In Memoriam
    Krater – Urere
    Ripper – Experiment of Existence
    Inverloch – Distance Collapsed
    Sorcierdes Glaces – North
    Wormed – Krighsu
    Horrified – Of Despair
    Moonsorrow – Jumalten Aika
    Death Fortress – Deathless March of the Unyielding
    Zhrine – Unortheta
    The Zenith Passage – Solipsist
    Nucleus – Sentient
    Sig:Ar:Tyr – Northen
    October Tide – Winged Waltz
    Aborted – Retrogore
    Wode – Wode
    Schmmasch – Triangle
    Plebeian Grandstand – False Highs, True Lows
    This Ending – Garden of Death
    Darkestrah – Turan
    Uada – Devoid of Light
    Vektor – Terminal Redux
    Gorguts – Pleiades’ Dust
    First Fragment – Dasein
    In Mourning – Afterglow
    Vainaja – Verenvalaja
    Stortregn – Singularity
    Ashbringer – Yugen
    Behexen – The Poisonous Path
    Vale of Pnath – II
    Gevurah – Hallelujah!
    Sol Sistere – Unfading Incorporeal Vacuum
    Sojourner – Empires of Ash

  57. Lots of new albums here. Great work!

    I just thought that I’d share this years Spotify-list with you, as it is for now.


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